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(Before E. H. Carcw, Esq., S.M.)

Judgment was given for plaintiffs by default, with costs, in the following cases : Butler Bros. v. William George Falknor (of Hastings), claim £l4 Is Id on a dishonored promissory note (costs ]:m) ; J. Grindley (for whom Mr Solomon appeared) v. A. G. Betta. (of Nelson), claim £2l. amount of two promissory notes (costs £2 14a).

Thoma3 Grose v. Fred Harper (of Waikouaiti).—Claim, £5 19j 6d, on a judgment summons.—There was no appearance of debtor, and an order was made for the payment of the amount, with oosts (8i), in default seven days' imprisonment. George M'Guirev. MrsE. Harris.—Claim, £22 14s 6.1, architect'* fees for professional services. Mr Fmer appeared for plaintiff and Mr Solomon for defendant.—The claim was in respect of plane for a house at St. Clair which was burned down before being completed, and for a house at Maryhill, whioh house was never built.—After evidence plaintiff was nonsuited, without coots. Sarah Smith v. George Esther.—Claim, £lO7 16a JOd.— Mr Solomon and Mr James for plaintiff, and Mr D. D. Macdonald for defendant.—Evidence in this case was taken on Wednesday, and after oounsel had ad» dressed the Court to-day His Worship intimated that he would reserve his decision.


(Before Messrs A. Solomon and M. Sullivan, J.P.s ) Thej-t. William Roberts was charged with, on the 17th June, fraudulently converting to his own use a 'addle, bridle, and martingale, valued at £2 10s, received by him from Thomas Thompson on terms requiring him to account for the same.—This charge was heard last Friday, Mid resulted in accused being convicted and sentenced to sevendays' imprisonment. Mr Hanlo'n,forthe defence, had then applied for probation, and the Bench remanded accused till to-day with a view of obtaining a report from the probation officer.—This morning Probation Officer Phillips said lie had made iLquiries into the case, and had no report to make. Section 7 of the Act said that if the probation officer were satisfied he should make a report; he (Mr Phillips) was not satisfied. —Mr Hanlon submitted that the Bench were not bound, beoiuse the probation officer made no report, to fend the man to gaol. There was no previous conviction against Roberts. Certainly he had been in gaol, but it wa3 only because he could not pay a fine imposed on him for a breach of the by-laws—burying a hone too near a stream. It was not for any dishonest act. The Bench should either fine the man or order him to come up for sentence when called upon.—Mr Solomon said the Bench were indisposed to send accused to gaol. He would be admitted to probation for six months on condition that he paid the costs of the prosecution and refunded the money advanced on the goods by Mr Goldston.

In connection with the Satherley mystery at Blenheim a notice appears in the ' Gazette' statiDg that the Governor will grant a free pardon to any person, not being the principal offender, who shall give information leading to the conviction of the murderer or mur? derers, and a reward of £SOO will he paid to any person, not being the principal offender, who shall first give such information. Myers's antacid tooth powder. It prevents all tartar and discolorations, and tends to arrest the progress of decay. Sprosen, chemist, Ootagon, and all chemists,—[Advt.]

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY., Issue 10451, 22 October 1897

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THE COURTS-TO-DAY. Issue 10451, 22 October 1897

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